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CTL Strategies ranked by Asia Law Profiles as a leading tax law firm in the Maldives

The Asia Law Profiles have ranked CTL Strategies as the leading law firm in the areas of taxation in the Maldives. It has also recognized us as the highly recommended firm in the areas of litigation and disputes.

The team at CTL Strategies has been praised by their clients as “dedicated and professional” in representing them in foreign investment and, cross-border taxation matters. The firm has a notably stellar reputation amongst local and multinational businesses in the Maldives, for managing and handling tax controversies and corporate litigation.

Recent News

Supreme Court Verdict Reflects on Consequences of Countermanding Cheques

The Maldives’ Supreme Court, on 28 October 2019, upheld the ruling of both the High Court, and Civil Court, effectively concluding that countermanding a cheque does not indicate an unfulfilled underlying obligation to the payee, especially in the absence of any proof that the cheque was issued for the fulfilment of any such obligation

The case was initially filed by ADK Company Pvt Ltd (ADK) – the payee, with the Civil Court and then appealed to the High Court, against Gasveli Islands Pvt Ltd (Gasveli) – the drawer, demanding USD 40,000 – the amount for which Gasveli had initially issued the cheque for. The judgments of both courts, however, were concluded against ADK.

The Justices of the Supreme Court differentiated the present case from an earlier case of the Supreme Court in that the present case did not involve an issue of the cheque being bounced, but rather a countermanded cheque.

The judgment of the Supreme Court does not come as a surprise since s.29(a) of Law No. 16/95 (Negotiable Instruments Act) clearly provides for countermand of payment by the drawer of a cheque. In particular, the Justices of the Supreme Court concluded that it is the right of the drawer of a cheque to instruct the drawee, i.e. the bank, to stop payment of a cheque drawn by the drawer themselves before the date on the cheque or before the cheque is cashed at the bank. Further, the Supreme Court also stated that the bank will be held liable where the bank clears the cheque that has already been countermanded when it was cashed at the bank. The end result of countermanding a cheque is, therefore, it being regarded as if the cheque has never been drawn.

Interestingly, the Court also stated that although payment cannot be recovered based solely on countermanded cheques – the payee can recover such payments made if the underlying obligation can be proved.

New Commissioner General Appointed to MIRA

On 31 October, President Ibrahim Solih, appointed Fathuhulla Jameel as Commissioner General of Taxation and Asma Shafeeu as Deputy Commissioner General of Taxation.

Fathuhulla, a veteran in the field of revenue and taxation, was among several applicants that contended for the position of Commissioner General and served as Director General of Audit and Investigation under the outgoing Commissioner General.  Fathuhulla’s approval by the People’s Majlis was lauded by his peers and members of the legal, and accountants community. His appointment was welcomed by Parliament Members as the beginning of fair and transparent application of taxation in the Maldives.

Asma Shafeeu was serving at the MIRA, as Director General, Planning and Development and has over 20 years experience in the field of finance and taxation.

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